Etsy has sent its users an email in which it gave great reminder of why online sellers should offer multiple payment options: it is delaying deposits to its users due to recent developments with Silicon Valley Bank.
The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation put FDIC as the bank's receiver to help protect the insured deposits of its customers. This happened as a result of the bank's share price dropping 87% in two days.
Because of the quick action of regulators, it does seem as though Silicon Valley Bank customers will get access to their accounts again, and therefore Etsy will be able to begin paying its users again. But this does demonstrate exactly why when selling online, you should be able to accept customer payments from multiple sources. While Shopify does allow website owners to use a few payment methods, it strongly promotes the use of Shopify Payments, which takes it back to only using one payment method. What would happen if Shopify Payments was unable to pay you the money your customers paid for your products?
Customers have their own preferred payment methods, and when you offer only one option, you are likely to inadvertently discourage someone from making a purchase. However, when your website has multiple payment options available for customers, you give them choices as to how they want to pay you. By doing so, both parties can reap the benefits of offering multiple payment options, including:
Our shopping cart integrates with several payment gateways. A payment gateway is required to collect the money from the customer's credit card, and deposit the money into your bank account. A payment gateway is typically a bank, or a third party, that specialises in payment gateway solutions. It is the payment gateway and not Website World that charges fees to use.
Some of the most well-known payment gateways you will have available to pick from when using our shopping cart are:
And of course, payment via internet bank deposit is also available. For help in selecting which ones to use, we suggest reading our article on the key features to look for when choosing a payment gateway.
Posted: Wednesday 15 March 2023